A gentlemen’s agreement between Borussia Dortmund and Nice could send shockwaves across the Premier League.
Let us explain.
German news outlet Bild are reporting that the Bundesliga club have arranged a deal to make Lucien Favre their new manager if current boss Thomas Tuchel departs.
The 43-year-old gaffer’s future in Germany has been thrown into doubt after whispers of off-pitch tensions have grown louder in recent weeks.
Dortmund’s board are therefore preparing for life after Tuchel and have identified Nice manager Lavre as their primary target.
So what does this mean for Arsenal?
Well, as the great Arsene Wenger debate rages on, one thing that is certain is that if the Gunners did decide to ditch their long-serving gaffer they would have to replace him with a top tactician.
Tuchel’s innovative techniques, philosophical approach and ability to nurture young talent has made him one of the most-respected young managers in Europe.
If Dortmund and Tuchel fail to resolve their issues then a quality manager would be available should Arsenal wish to take advantage.
However, if Tuchel stays (a win in the German Cup final would probably work in his favour) then Arsenal may decide to stick by Wenger for another season at least.
Favre’s Nice have been the surprise package in Ligue 1 this season.
Les Aiglons have only lose four league games this season with just PSG and Monaco ahead of them in the table.
The fact that Favre has been able to bring the best out of Mario Balotelli for long spells this campaign proves his ability as a man manager.
Havre to Dortmund, Tuchel to Arsenal, Wenger to… we’ll just have to wait and see.
Although there would be a job going at Nice…